Voter ID: a racist tool?

(The great majority of democracies require voter ID. The most notable exception is the United States where most citizens want voter ID. All Republicans want voter ID, and so do many Democrats. Who does not want voter ID? That would be almost exclusively apparatchiks of the Democrat Party.

(The following guest post was written by John R. Lott Jr. He received his B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. from UCLA and has held research or teaching positions at the University of Chicago, the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford University, Yale University, and Rice University. He has written for many publications including The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Times.)

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Sixteen years ago, in 2005, the Carter-Baker Commission on Federal Election Reform issued a report that proposed a uniform system of requiring a photo ID in order to vote in U.S. elections.

The report also pointed out that widespread absentee voting makes vote fraud more likely. Voter files contain ineligible, duplicate, fictional, and deceased voters, a fact easily exploited using absentee ballots to commit fraud. Citizens who vote absentee are more susceptible to pressure and intimidation. And vote-buying schemes are far easier when citizens vote by mail. 

Who was behind the Carter-Baker Commission? Donald Trump? Ted Cruz? No. The commission’s two ranking members were former President Jimmy Carter, a Democrat, and former Secretary of State James Baker III, a Republican.

Other Democrats on the commission were former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle and former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton. It was a truly bipartisan commission that made what seemed at the time to be common sense proposals.

How things have changed.

Some of the commission’s members, Jimmy Carter for one, came out last year to disavow the commission’s work. And despite surveys showing that Americans overwhelmingly support measures to ensure election integrity — a recent Rasmussen survey found that 80 percent of Americans support a voter ID requirement — Democratic leaders across the board oppose such measures in the strongest terms. 

Voter IDs are “an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, an assault on who we are.”

Joe Biden

Here, for instance, is President Biden speaking recently in Philadelphia, condemning the idea of voter IDs: “There is an unfolding assault taking place in America today — an attempt to suppress and subvert the right to vote in fair and free elections, an assault on democracy, an assault on liberty, an assault on who we are — who we are as Americans. For, make no mistake, bullies and merchants of fear and peddlers of lies are threatening the very foundation of our country.”

But the fact is that the U.S. is an outlier among the world’s democracies in not requiring voter ID. Of the 47 countries in Europe today, 46 of them currently require government-issued photo IDs to vote.

The odd man out is the United Kingdom, in which Northern Ireland and many localities require voter IDs, but the requirement is not nationwide. The British Parliament, however, is considering a nationwide requirement, so very soon all 47 European countries will likely have adopted this common-sense policy.

When it comes to absentee voting, we Americans, accustomed as we are to very loose rules, are often shocked to learn that 35 of the 47 European countries — ncluding France, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, and Sweden — don’t allow absentee voting for citizens living in country.

Another ten European countries — including England, Ireland, Denmark, Portugal, and Spain — allow absentee voting, but require voters to show up in person and present a photo ID to pick up their ballots. It isn’t like in the U.S., where a person can say he’s going to be out of town and have a ballot mailed to him.

England used to have absentee voting rules similar to ours in the U.S. But in 2004, in the city of Birmingham, officials uncovered a massive vote fraud scheme in the city council races. The six winning Labor candidates had fraudulently acquired about 40,000 absentee votes, mainly from Muslim areas of the city.

As a result, England ended the practice of mailing absentee ballots and required voters to pick up their ballots in person with a photo ID. 

Up until 1975, France also had loose absentee voting rules. But when massive vote fraud was discovered on the island of Corsica — where hundreds of thousands of dead people were found to be voting, and even larger-scale vote-buying operations were occurring — France banned absentee voting altogether. 

How about our neighbors, Canada and Mexico? Canada requires a photo ID to vote. If a voter shows up at the polls without an ID, he is allowed to vote only if he declares who he is in writing and if there is someone working at the polling station who can personally verify his identity. 

Mexico has had a long history of election fraud, but the last stolen presidential election occurred in 1994. Voters now must present a biometric ID — an ID with not only a photo, but also a thumb print. Voters also have indelible ink applied to their thumbs, preventing them from voting more than once. And absentee voting is prohibited, even for people living outside the country.

Those who oppose election integrity reform in the U.S. often condemn it as a means of “voter suppression.” But in Mexico, the percent of people voting rose from 59 percent before the reforms to 68 percent after.

It turned out that Mexicans were more, not less, likely to vote when they had confidence that their votes mattered.

H.R. 1, the radical bill Democratic Party leaders have been pushing to adopt this year, would prohibit states from requiring voter ID and require states to allow permanent mail-in voting.

And mail-in voting, I hardly need to point out, is even worse, in terms of vote fraud, than absentee voting.

With mail-in voting, a country is almost begging for vote fraud.

With absentee voting, a person at least has to request a ballot. With mail-in voting — as we saw in too many places in the 2020 election — ballots are simply mailed out to everyone. With loose absentee voting rules, a country is making itself vulnerable to vote fraud. With mail-in voting, a country is almost begging for vote fraud.

If the rhetoric we hear from the Left today is correct — if voter ID requirements and restrictions on absentee (or even mail-in) voting are un-democratic — then so are the countries of Europe and the rest of the developed world. But this is utter nonsense. 

Those opposing common sense measures to ensure integrity in U.S. elections — measures such as those recommended by the bipartisan Carter-Baker Commission in 2005 — are not motivated by a concern for democracy, but by partisan interests.*


*This is just a polite way of saying that voter IDs make stealing elections far more difficult.

(The above, lightly edited by yours truly, was adapted from a talk delivered at Hillsdale College on Sept. 20 of this year.)

Democrat Party at work

If you get your information from places like the NYT and CNN,* you likely are ignorant of many things. I am here to help.

The Biden Administration — I don’t just say Biden because he’s only a prop — has nominated a gal named Saule Omarova to the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency, whatever the Devil that is.

What’s noteworthy here is that she would be nominated at all. She favors eliminating all private bank accounts and deposits. This came out last March when she spoke at a conference entitled “Law and Political Economy: Democracy Beyond Neoliberalism.”

Neoliberalism is a fancy synonym for capitalism and, interestingly, is a very popular term in Mexico. Leftists use it willy-nilly to badmouth opponents. Our doofus president often refers to political opponents as neoliberals. It’s important to keep in mind that it means capitalists. If you oppose capitalism, we know what you are.

Make the economy equitable.

— Saule Omarova

Omarova says her plan would — wait for it — “make the economy more equitable** for everyone.” She wants to eliminate all banks and transfer all deposits to the Federal Reserve, i.e. the government.

Yes, the Biden Administration wants to give this woman an important post. The nomination is, sensibly, facing opposition. Let us hope that neoliberal opposition prevails.

Read more about it here.

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Gestapo at work

But let us move on to something else, today’s FBI which recently conducted a pre-dawn raid with 10 agents, spotlights and a battering ram on the home of James O’Keefe, the founder of Project Veritas.

His “crime” had something to do with a diary of Sleepy Joe’s daughter that O’Keefe had legally obtained and long since turned over to law enforcement. So the raid was not about that at all. It was about intimidation.

You can read more about it here.

It resembled the 2019 raid at the home of Roger Stone. Pre-dawn, 29 agents, 17 vehicles, guns drawn and a battering ram at the ready. Stone’s alleged crime? Mass murder? Terrorism?

No. It was lying to the FBI.

But again, the sole reason for that raid was intimidation. Terrorism from the Deep State. I always hesitate to use words like Nazi, racist, Gestapo because those are the common epithets of the Left. But Gestapo really seems to fit here. Gestapo tactics.

Stone, 66 years old with white hair, was hauled off in cuffs. That’s an FBI emblem above. It says Fidelity, Bravery, Integrity.

It’s a fine time to live in Mexico.

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* The mouthpieces of the Democrat/Socialist Party.

** For the slow among us, equitable means equal outcome as opposed to equal opportunity. Equity can only be done by government force.

The power grabs

You may recall that the day before last November’s presidential election I predicted that Biden would win via election fraud on the part of the Democrat/Socialist Party. I was proven correct.*

President Trump drew massive crowds at rallies while Biden, when he did campaign, which was rare, hardly drew a handful, plus he was clearly mentally challenged, something that’s grown worse since he was inaugurated. Now he’s often incoherent. If you are unaware of this, turn off CNN and stop reading rags like The New York Times.

I won?

It amuses me in a sad way to see how many conservatives are bellowing about the election audits that are ongoing in certain areas, as if anything is going to remove Sleepy Joe from office aside from the passing of his four years or his literal passing, which would only leave us with that cackling Kamala who would be just as bad but in another way.

Then there was the recall campaign against California’s disaster of a governor, Gavin Newsom. In a sane world, he would have been tossed out the door handily by voters, but he won! Even famously conservative Orange County went for Newsom. If you buy that, I have a bridge in a desert to sell you for an honest price.

The Democrat/Socialist Party is perfecting its skills at steals.

Tuesday there is another important election, the governorship of Virginia, in which former Democrat Gov. Terry McAuliffe is running against Republican Glenn Youngkin. It’s considered an indicator of what will happen in next year’s midterms.

While McAuliffe was comfortably ahead in the polls in August, it was a dead heat today, and Republicans are fairly confident their man will win, which he likely would in an honest world. After all, among other gaffs, McAuliffe recently said that parents should not have a say in how their kids are educated.

It should be left up to the government. You know, like in Cuba.

McAuliffe has also complained that Virginia has too many white teachers.

No matter. I’m putting my money on McAuliffe, on the thuggery of the Democrats and the boundless naivety of Republicans.


*I thought this was the first White House steal in U.S. history since Andrew Jackson’s initial win was wrested from him in 1824. But Seymour Hersh’s excellent book The Dark Side of Camelot makes a compelling case for the Democrats’ also stealing the presidential election of 1960, putting John Kennedy in the White House with the help of the Mafia.

Beefing up HQ

My two favorite observers of the modern scene who have yet to be silenced* by the censorious gang that runs YouTube are, of course, Simon Webb, whom I often display here, and Bill Whittle. Both are brilliant boys and such fun to listen to.

So I have added them to The Moon staff, the first time since The Moon debuted a decade ago that HQ has consisted of more than one person, me, the CEO. They will get the same salary as the CEO.

There are no secretaries or maintenance staff.

In the 10-minute video today, Whittle talks about the “Kick Me” sign that’s been slapped on the back of the United States of America by the Democrat/Socialist Party.

As always, I bring this to you as a public service.

The tip jar is just below.

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*Not permanently at least. Webb is often silenced for a week or so, and YouTube discourages people from listening to him because it finds Webb’s accuracy and clarity disturbing.